Friday, 21 October 2016

Trick or Treat?

Hello, I'm back to share an easy Halloween make I created for the Papermilldirect Design Team.  I’m teaming the fun colorflute card with black cardstocks for a traditional orange & black Halloween colour scheme.

I created a file in Cricut Design Space (link here: ) to cut from Papermilldirect Black Smooth card, this is a lovely 250gsm weight and cuts like a dream on my Explore.  I cut the cobweb frame, Trick or Treat words and bats from the 250gsm card.
Adhere black cobweb frame onto a sheet of PMD Mandarin Orange Colorflute card.  I used a strong permafix tape for all 4 sides and some dabs of clear drying glue for the webs parts, pressing down to ensure adhesion.  Trim orange colorflute card to give a small border around the black frame.

Glue wording to sign using clear drying glue.  An easy way to line them up is to use the waste from your cut out as a template to adhere your letters through, when letters are glued carefully lift template away.
Glue bats as desired around ‘Trick or Treat’ sentiment.  You can also resize the bats or cut more if required to create your own layout.  Add eyes with a white gel pen.
Papermilldirect’s Extra Thick Charcoal Black card at 550gsm is the perfect weight for a backing to this sign, sturdy but easy to punch 2 holes into using a hole punch.  Use a combination of d/s tape and glue to adhere sign to backing.  Tie black and orange ribbons through the holes to finish and you have a Halloween Sign all ready to display.

I love the texture of the Colorflute card, it is easy to cut on my paper guillotine and the colours are bright and eyecatching, I've used the Mandarin Orange for this design but there is also a Lime colour perfect for Halloween makes too.
If you don't have a Cricut to use the file to cut, you can still make your own Halloween designs using the colorflute card and Extra thick cardstock, just die cut lettering or adhesive stickers for the greetings, bats are easy to cut out or try dies or punches, don't forget to share what you make over on the +Papermilldirect  facebook page.

Products Used:
Extra Thick Charcoal Black Card 550gsm – Papermilldirect
Black Smooth card 250gsm – Papermilldirect
Mandarin Orange Colorflute Card – Papermilldirect
Design Space File for Cricut Explore Link:
Adhesives: Perma Fix Tape or D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue,
Black & Orange ribbons, White gel pen

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Eek! Rolling Eyeball Halloween Card

Hello, today I'm sharing this fun card idea with you. I don’t often get chance to play with printable papers so when I saw the Free Halloween ones from Trimcraft I thought they would be fun to play with and test out my new printer at the same time. The papers are Modern, fun and bright and print beautifully and the striped paper is not just for Halloween.
I also made a little video to show the card in action :

 Step By Step:
  1. Take a Dovecraft 6x6 Kraft card blank to use with fold across the top.  Cut a slightly smaller square of the orange paper from the Simply Creative ‘Play Days’ pad and adhere to card front using d/s tape.  Download the Free Halloween papers link here:
  2. Cut a piece of Kraft card approx. 5 ½” square and measure out a long rectangle approx. 4” long by about 5/8” using a pencil to mark the lines.  Carefully cut the rectangle out using a craft knife.  Test the cut out is wide enough by joining two 2p coins together using 3D foam, cut the foam so it’s in the centre of the coin only with space all around (see pics), slip the joined coins into the cut out by sliding 1 coin through and move the panel to check the coins move freely backward and forward when the panel is tipped.
  3. Cover front of panel with the striped paper from the Trimcraft Halloween download papers, turn over and cut away the paper covering the cut out channel.  Add panel centrally to card front with cut out to the top, using double height of 3D foam tape.
  4. Cut a large eyeball from the download papers, I did this by using my computers ‘snipping’ tool to select an area of the paper onscreen and then sending it to print. (you may have a preferred method). The size can be adjusted on the print screen, size doesn’t need to be exact as long as it covers the 2P coin.  I have adhered the eyeball to cardstock and then cut out to give it more strength.  Glue the large eyeball on top of the 2p coin and you should now have a rolling eye element.

  5. To finish, cut 2 strips of the Eyeball patterned download paper and adhere across card front.  Cut out an ‘Eek! Sentiment and mat onto kraft card before adhering to card front using d/s tape.
  6. I made a little video to show the card in action :

Products Used: 
Simply Creative FSC Paper Pad 6x6 Play Days

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Exciting News and a Project to share

Hello, I have some exciting news to share with you.  I've been a member of the Trimcraft Design Team for the past 2 years and I am absolutely thrilled to announce I will be staying with them as a member of their brand new Design Team  for 2016-2017.  These are exciting times for Trimcraft with lots of new product launches to look forward to and I can't wait to share my projects with you.

Here is one of the projects I submitted for my DT Application:

Hideaway Peekaboo Z fold pop-up box card – First Edition Christmas Promise papers & First Edition Dies.

I’ve chosen this card to show my love of making cards that ‘do’ something and are fun to display.
I created my own hybrid of a z fold card and a pop up box card using all Trimcraft products throughout.
I like a story, so the shy rose gold foiled deer are hiding in a Christmas snowy woodland scene, carefully obscured by trees and snowflakes with the card closed, until the card is opened to reveal a dimensional scene with the deer hiding amongst the trees.
I have made a little video here:  to show the card opening and closing and from different angles. 
 Step By Step:
  1. Take a Dovecraft 6x6 white card blank, score & fold front only.  Cut a 2nd card blank down to create a strip of card and score & fold to match front. Use waste card to create the 2 supports for the box section.

    Decorate all panels using First Edition Christmas Promise papers, matted onto Grey paper (Dovecraft Colours) and adhere with D/S tape and glue.
    Assemble card by adhering the strip across the card only adding glue where it joins the front and back panels.  Glue supports in place in the box section and test by closing and opening.

  2. Using FE Christmas Promise papers and Dovecraft pink glitter card, die cut Merry Christmas, hearts, snowflakes, trees, robin, foliage and star. Layer snowflakes to make flowers and colour gems with Dovecraft metallic marker.

    Adhere robin & foliage to last panel on strip, colour a gem for the eye using Dovecraft Metallic marker.
  3. Add glitter stickers (Magic & Sparkle) corners to top Left front and top back right of card.  Add a frame sticker to front panel and glue a layered snowflake flower inside.  Glue 3 glitter hearts along bottom of card front.

    Thread metal snowflake charm onto invisible thread, add clear beads and adhere to right of Merry Christmas sentiment.  Top with a layered snowflake flower.
  4. Fussy cut out 5 rose gold foiled deer from the Christmas Promise paper and add 2 to acetate strips, along with 3 trees.  Carefully position the trees and deer into the pop up box section so that the deer will be hidden from view when the card is closed.  Add 2 glitter snowflakes to acetate and add those to box section.  Glue some trees and a deer to back panel of card to help build up the scene.  Glue a pair of deer on the box strip to left of robin.
  5. To finish decorate card with adhesive gems and glitter glue as desired.
    I have made a little video here: to show the card opening and closing and from different angles. 

     Materials Used:

    Dovecraft Double Sided Tape (12mm)

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Your Dreams Take Flight - Gelatos Tutorial

Hello I'm back to share a new +Papermilldirect  DT project and step by step with you.  This week I'm testing out the new Papermilldirect Hopsack textured card along with some Gelatos to create a backgound for my Kite themed card.

Gelatos are a creamy soft medium that come in packaging that's a little like lipbalm! Take off the cap, twist them and they are ready to use direct to card etc, you can also apply with fingers, sponges, brushes and being water-soluable can be used to add colour to your projects in different ways, today I'm blending them with a baby wipe as this is an easy way to blend and dilute the colours without adding lots of water making them ideal for working on cardstocks without warping or pilling.

Step By Step:

Cut a piece of Papermilldirect White Hopsack textured cardstock approx 4 1/2" square. Scribble across the top using blue Gelatos (I'm using 2 shades of blue).  Take a baby wipe and blend the colours across the cardstock using circular motions, you'll see they blend so easy and you can scribble in extra colour if you need to.
Continue working down your square of hopsack card scribbling lines of different colours across and blending each time with a baby wipe until the panel is completely coloured.  I'm graduating from the blue through pink, orange, yellows and greens but you can use less colours if you wish.
Using black memento ink, stamp a decorative diamond stamp (Oak House Studio) onto PMD white Hopsack card.  Have fun colouring in your stamped image using alcohol markers (I'm using a selection of First Edition markers)
Add highlights or extra details to the diamond using a white gel pen.  Stamp sentiment words onto white hopsack card using black Archival ink.  The words I'm using are from Oak House Studio and I have cut the phrases to give individual words of: Your, Dreams, Take, Flight to fit with my Kite theme, ypu could of course use your own wording and either stamp or print out to suit your theme.

Create a card blank by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of PMD white hammered cardstock, trim down to create a square cardbase that will be just under 6"x6". Mount gelato panel onto a slightly larger square of PMD black card using d/s tape and then again centrally onto the card front.  Use d/s tape and glue to attach a length of blue & white twine to the Diamond to turn it into a kite. Use a black pen to outline each stamped word.
I have used a white chalk ink to stamp some subtle circles onto the gelato background, just to add a little extra depth before attaching the kite using 3D foam pads.  Tie pieces of twine onto kite string and trim to create ribbons, dabs of glue will hold the twine in place on the card front.  Using a clear drying glue, arrange words to spell out the sentiment and glue in place.

Gelatos are a fun way to add colour and can be blended with your fingertips or diluted with water or added to other mediums as well as being used with a small brush to add colour to your stanped images, you can even use them to stamp with too.  I love how easily they blend on the Papermilldirect Hopsack textured card to create quick and colourful backgrounds. 

Materials List:
Alcohol Markers - First Edition
Black Memento Inkpad, Black Archival Inkpad, White Chalk Inkpad
D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Pads
White Gel Pen, Black Fineliner Pen, Babywipes
Gelatos - Brights Set - Faber-Castell

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Star Fairy Shaker Card – Simply Creative Lavender Dreams

When I saw the new batch of Dovecraft Value Dies from +Trimcraft Ltd I knew I just had to have the Fairy die set.  This little set also includes some stars too and so a theme of stars teamed with my favourite purple colours was the inspiration for this Design Team card.  The Simply Creative Lavender Dreams papers have lots of purple shades and were perfect for this Star Fairy Shaker card.  I have positioned the fairy as if she is watching the top star whilst the other stars are falling from the sky, or perhaps she is just bathing in the starlight.

 Step By Step:
  1. Take a Dovecraft 6x6 White card with fold across top.  Cut Lavender Dreams pattern paper approx. 5.5” square and mat onto slightly larger square of purple paper (Dovecraft Colours pack) using d/s tape.  Adhere to card front.

  2. Die cut Repeat Pattern borders (FEDIE122) from white card and back with striped lavender Dreams paper using clear drying glue’.  Adhere borders across lower section of card.
  3. Create a star shaped shaker using the largest and 2nd largest dies in the nesting star dies set (FEDIE137X16) to create a star shaped frame.  I have cut frame again using Dovecraft Foam to create height (or you can use 3D foam pads). Add Dovecraft acetate on top of foam, trim to size and then adhere the Lavender Dreams paper frame on top.  

    Turn star shaker upside down and fill with silver and purple sequins and white glitter card stars cut using the Dovecraft Fairy die set). Adhere a star shaped backing to the shaker using card covered with Lavender Dreams paper to seal the shaker.  Attach shaker to card, with point to the top, using d/s tape and glue.
  4. Die cut a fairy (Dovecraft Value Dies) from white and purple glitter cards, using the purple to infill the wings. Glue Fairy to bottom left on shaker card.  Glue large star to top point.

    Use Simply Creative Silver alpha stickers to spell out ‘STAR’ and position to top left. 
    To finish decorate card with die cut stars and glitter dots.
Materials List:
Simply Creative FSC Paper Pad 6x6 Lavender Dreams

Friday, 23 September 2016

Mirabelle ‘Waiting’ Bow Card – Santoro Mirabelle collection -Trimcraft

Hello, Sharing a +Trimcraft Ltd  Design Team project with you today.  The characters in the new Santoro Mirabelle collection are simply stunning, I particularly love the stamps and for my first stamped design I chose the ‘Waiting’ character.
For the bow on the front, I created these templates on my Cricut Explore in Design Space (followers of my Blog and Facebook page can message me for the file link) or you can create your own bow shape using loops of double sided Mirabelle paper or use a template if you prefer.

 Step By Step:
  1. Score & fold white card to create a card base measuring approx. 8” x 5 ¾” in landscape position.  From the 12x12 Mirabelle paper pad, cut rose patterned paper to cover the front panel, inking around the edges with a brown ink before attaching with d/s tape.
  2. Cut a smaller rectangle approx. 6 ½” x 4 ¼” of grey patterned paper, ink with brown ink and then adhere to card front using d/s tape (positioning this panel more towards the top of the card).  Tape a length of Mirabelle ribbon to just go over the edges of the card front, fish tail ends, and then glue in place along the bottom of the smaller paper panel.

  3. Cut the Bow parts from double sided Mirabelle papers, pink rose for the top box and brown stripe for the bottom bow.  Again ink all cut edges with brown ink and then bend and glue the loops into place onto the card front.  Add 2 bow tails.
  4. Stamp the ‘waiting’ girl character onto white card using brown ink and colour with First Edition markers.  Add extra highlights with a white gel pen and edge around the image with a light grey marker pen.

    When complete, glue a frame around her (from Decoupage pad) and trim card flush with edges.  Apply a little brown ink coming into the white around the girl from the edges of the frame.  Adhere stamped image to centre of bow on card front using layered 3D foam and a dab of glue.
  5. Cut satin ribbon (from Mirabelle Satin Tags) into 2 different size lengths, fish tail 1 end of each piece and add to card front at each side of card front, coming down from the top.  Add a Glitter glue dot to the end of each.  Add the satin tag ‘Just for you’ across the stamped image and onto the bow at RH side.
  6. Take 2 green leaves (Simply Creative) and a Mirabelle yellow rose, ink the rose with brown ink and assemble with the leaves at bottom RH corner of card.
    To finish add a Pearl Charm to top left of card and 3 glitter dots to bottom left.
 Products Used:

First Edition Twin Markers - Browns

Monday, 19 September 2016

Ballet Shadow Box Birthday Card

Hello, I've had a little break from blogging for a couple of weeks, but I'm back and raring to go, so here's a new project to share with you.

I like to find ways to create interesting cards that display nicely but also fold down to fit into an envelope for posting.  This shadow box style seemed perfect to display the Ballet Dancer character ‘on stage’ from the Whiz Kids collection.  Such a cute collection of co-ordinating papers and embellishments in modern bright colours and patterns, perfect for children’s makes.

Step by Step: 
  1. Create a simple shadow box base as follows: cut 2 pieces of pink card approx. 14.5cm x 24.5cm long.  Place card on a scoring board long ways across and score at 3” and 5”, turn card and score the other end the same.  Do this to both strips of card, scoring and folding a mountain and valley fold at each side.
    Cut Star Pattern Whiz Kids paper to cover the centre panel of 1 strip, cut striped Whiz Kids paper approx. 5 cm high and cover bottom of star paper using d/s tape to adhere.
  2. Take undecorated strip of pink card and carefully cut a circle into the centre panel (use a circle cutter or die approx. 10.5 cm dia. Take pink heart pattern paper and cut a scallop circle into the centre, (FE nesting dies FEDIE071) slightly larger than circle aperture. Adhere paper to card front so the circle aperture is central, trim paper flush with card.

  3. Cut 2 strips of pink ballet & princess pattern paper to cover end panels each side of card front piece.  Use Dovecraft silver glitter glue to edge around paper panels on sides, card front and top of striped paper stage.  Apply dots of Pink 3D enamel effects around the scalloped circle and leave to dry.

  4. Assemble die cut ballet dancer using 3D foam pads and stick to a strip of acetate using clear drying glue.  Glue acetate strip to back of aperture circle ensuring dancer is positioned centrally, trim off excess acetate.
  5. Decorate inside shadow box by using Whiz Kids stickers direct onto the star pattern paper.  Add a decoupage cat onto the ‘stage’ too.

    Assemble Shadow box by simply adding adhesive to the 2 long strips at each side of card (with pattern paper on them) and adhering to their matching back strip at each side.
  6. Finish decorating front of Shadow box by die cutting a ticket (FE Fun Fair dies FEDIE058 ) and layering using Whiz Kids papers, adhere to bottom Left of card front. 

    Apply Happy Birthday sticker across bottom of aperture.  Cut bunting out from pattern paper and glue across top of card front, leaving edges to curl up.
    Thread a length of twine with heart shaped buttons and glue across top right of card, leaving space for bunting to be added.  Use bright yellow bunting and add a heart sticker to each, using 3D foam pads to hold bunting in place.
  7. To finish glue 3 Simply Creative large heart buttons to bottom right and top each with a clear adhesive gem.

    If you press down on card front, it will bring in the sides to enable the card to fit into an envelope.

    Materials List: 

    Whiz Kids Gems